Mark Vallet
Automotive Editor - July 27, 2016

2017 GMC Acadia OVERVIEW

The GMC Acadia has an all-new look for 2017, making it a standout among its rivals in the midsize crossover sector. An updated look is not all the latest Acadia has going for it. GMC shortened the wheelbase by 6.4 inches and shaved 700 pounds off the total weight, making it more compact and easier to drive, especially in traffic.

While the cargo volume drops significantly, from 116 cubic feet down to 79 cubic feet, GMC has added a number of nice touches that help retain storage space. The second- and third-row seats easily fold completely flat, and a couple of underfloor storage bins make storing small items out of sight easy and convenient.

Automatic climate control, a 110-volt outlet in the second row, five USB ports scattered throughout the vehicle and a 4G hotspot make sure everyone is always connected.

What's New for 2017

The all-new design is the big news for 2017. It sports a bold new design, a distinctive grill and wraparound headlights as well as a variety of wheel options.

In addition to the new design, the 2017 Acadia is also sporting a new engine and transmission option. A brand new four-cylinder engine that gets an impressive 21 mpg in the city comes standard and is paired to a six-speed transmission that is equipped with advanced stop/start technology. The optional 3.6-liter V6 engine with an estimated 310 horsepower is better suited to heavy-duty users who may need the towing power of a V6.

Choosing Your GMC Acadia

The 2017 model year adds another decision that must be made when choosing your Acadia. You will need to determine whether you want a four-cylinder engine under the hood or to upgrade to a trim that offers the V6. The base model SL and SLE-1 are only available with the four-cylinder engine while all of the higher trim levels either offer the V6 as an option or standard equipment.

Every GMC Acadia is nicely outfitted for this price range and includes standard equipment such as a programmable power lift gate, keyless open and remote start, automatic climate control and a 7-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard across all trim levels.

Moving past the base models adds standard features such as Side Blind Zone with Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist, upgrades the touchscreen to 8 inches and adds in a Bose 8-speaker audio system.

Prices range from $29,995 for the base model SL, up to $45,845 for the top-of-the-line Denali.

The Acadia is available in six trim levels: SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2 and the Denali.


The SL starts at $29,995 and includes a pretty impressive list of standard equipment. It seats seven with split bench seats that fold flat. Tri-zone automatic climate control will keep everyone comfortable and a rear vision camera system ensures you always know what’s behind you. Keyless entry and remote start are a nice touch and the SL sports a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and a three-month trial to the service.

The SL is only available in a front wheel drive version and the only accessories available at this trim level are an engine block heater for $75.


The SLE-1 bumps the starting price up to $35,375 for the all-wheel drive version with a four-cylinder engine and adds LED daytime running lamps, a compact spare tire, front and second row carpeted floor mats, as well as Sirius XM radio.

A cargo package costs $310 and includes a cargo net, integrated cargo liner and a cargo shade. An optional rear seat entertainment system will keep the kids entertained out on the road, but is a bit pricey at $1,995.


The SLE-2 trim ups the ante with a programmable power liftgate, heated front seats, an 8-way powered drivers seat, silver roof rails and 18-inch aluminum wheels. The SLE-2 starts at $35,995 but jumps up to $39,090 when all-wheel drive and a V6 are added. A $2,000 all terrain package is available that adds a variety of features including hill descent control, leather wrapped steering wheel and black roof rails.

A driver alert package is also available for $790 and includes rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert and side blind zone alert.


The SLT-1 ups the luxury factor with leather-appointed seats, auto dimming side and rearview mirrors, an upgraded Bose 8-speaker audio system and a GMC IntelliLink1 with an 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen, as well as a Universal Home Remote. The SLT-1 trims comes with all of the Driver Alert package features as standard in addition to lumbar support for drivers seat. The SLT-1 starts at $39,275 with the four-cylinder and front-wheel drive.


The SLT-2 only pushes the price up a few thousand dollars and adds the V6 as standard equipment. The 20-inch machined aluminum wheels up the cool factor and the heated second-row passenger seats are a real luxury. Low speed front automatic braking and intellibeam headlamps will help keep everyone safe and the standard trailering package with tow vision makes pulling the boat to the lake a breeze. The SLT-2 is loaded with safety features such as front and rear parking assist, front pedestrian braking, following distance indicator, forward collision alert, lane keep assist and side blind zone alert.

All of this at a starting price of $42,675 makes the SLT an excellent buy.


The top-of-the-line Denali is a luxury vehicle with a price tag to match. It starts at $45,845 and adds a Signature Denali grille, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, a hands-free power liftgate as well as a heated steering wheel and HID headlights.

A technology package priced at $1,345 adds adaptive cruise control, automatic collision preparation and a surround vision system. A big selection of accessories is available including a set of 20-inch ultra-bright machined faced wheels with Satin Graphite pockets which will set you back almost $1,800. A fully loaded Denali easily surpasses the $50,000 mark.

CarsDirect Tip

The Denali is a high priced luxury vehicle and while it offers some great features, the SLT-2 may be the better value. On the lower end of the price spectrum, the SLE-2 offers great standard features at a very affordable price.

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